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Grateful Dead Live at Rec Hall, Penn State U on 1980-05-06

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Grateful Dead Live at Rec Hall, Penn State U on 1980-05-06

Topics Live concert

Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Peggy-O, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Loser, Far From Me, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication-> Althea-> Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Feel Like A Stranger-> He's Gone-> The Other One-> Drums-> Wharf Rat-> Around & Around-> Johnny B. Goode, E: Brokedown Palace

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Rec Hall, Penn State U
Location State College, PA

Source Audience Recording: Sennnheiser 421
Lineage Sennnheiser 421 > Nak 550 fob analog; sony pcm r-700 > hhb cdr-800
Taped by
Transferred by Rob Eaton


Sennnheiser 421 > Nak 550 fob analog; mastering and analog to digital by Rob Eaton; dat > cd: sony pcm r-700 > hhb cdr-800; via Seth Kaplan, Steve Barbella


Reviewer: gordon hensley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2015
Subject: beautiful show
just realizing now how great this show and next at cornell were -- as someone said: bookends.

i was at cornell but missed this show at u-penn and second set of this show my fav of the four total sets, all of which are killer.

other one and wharf rat jst blew me away here.

also as someone commented: outstanding quality aud that 'puts you right there'

thx rob eaton for this gem
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2014
Subject: --
Yeah, let's forget that Road Trips release - who needs it when you've got a fat .zip right here? Sound is outstanding, esp. considering this thing is 30+ years old - they sound like they're playing right in front of you.

Set 1 - good, but doesn't really get cooking until the back half - check that *thick* rhythm behind Jerry on Althea.

Set 2 - they kind of stumble through the new Stranger while still managing some pretty wild passages through the tune; really, though, the Other One OWNS this set - check the 'cap' they lay on this thing right before the drums start - I mean, :::woah, nellie:::...and don't forget about Brokedown. It's as beautiful as ever.

This show and the next night's @ Cornell are pretty essential companion pieces from what really is one of the Dead's best years.
Reviewer: bostonriot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2014
Subject: Awesome
Such a good show. Indefinitely my favorite Lost/Saint. Bob is off the hook.

Recording is 5/5 in my opinion. Classic cassette sound you're lookin for.
Reviewer: DoseMeister - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 6, 2013
Subject: Oozing With Magic
This review is specific to the show, not this recording. I listened to the sbd.

This is the most exciting show of Brent's tenure to this point. Better even than the top Fall '79 outings. You really need to give this a spin.

It's not so much that there are spectacular highlights to draw you in. It's the whole package, and the vibe. Everyone in the band is listening to one another. No one's in a hurry. They are playing like it really matters and the results are magical.

Chronologically speaking, probably my favorite show since 1/22/78.
Reviewer: hutley58 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2013
Subject: good show download this
a quality audience is upbeat and pretty it
Reviewer: peachy420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2013
Subject: blistering big river
just when you think they cant go higher they hit another gear...amazing
Reviewer: granjefe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2010
Subject: all good
This is a great recording of a seriously well executed show. All instruments well represented and everybody is contributing. Put on your Grados and enjoy this from start to finish.
Reviewer: sakanaband - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2010
Subject: My Alma Mater
Missed this by six years and it's too dang bad. First off, this is another jaw-dropping audience recording by Rob Eaton that will make even hardcore boardheads put their SBD recordings in the trash bin. This is the type of show, particularly the 2nd set, that if it were more widely available during the 80's and 90's would have surely been recognized as a classic of the era.

1st set highlights include an absolutely fiery Big River. There is a downright daring Loser with Garcia bending notes and taking chances on his solo. It's that wonderful thing where he seems trapped in a musical figure but miraculously escapes and just shines. Althea is typically great for the era. Lazy Lightning>Supplication is also impressive with a very strong ending jam in Supplication.

The second set is terrific. China-Rider is in no hurry and the Rider is particularly strong. Stranger has an unusual instrumental part that has the ending jam coming first and then gradually dissolves into a great transition into He's Gone. The wonderful ending jam of He's Gone with Phil leading the way leads into a happy and energetic Other One. There is an audience clap-a-long part and a trippy Hammond B-3 solo in TOO before Jerry comes roaring in before Drums.

The post-drums section is short but blazing. The jam out of the "I'll get up and fly away" part of Wharf Rat is searing. Brokedown warmly concludes the show and has a dripping mercury-like solo from Garcia that has great tone and sonic clarity. Brent's insrtumental and vocal contribution overall is fantastic, Phil is ON, Bobby is not showing off and the drummers are in the pocket all night. And Garcia? Well, I'll let y'all decide, but I say "Oh Lawdy!". All of this is brought to life by the exquisite recording by Mr. Eaton. I urge all readers to seek out his audience recordings which are uniformly excellent and capture the room, the audience and the band in their individual best light.
Reviewer: Sedula - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2009
Subject: Althea, Lost Saint, Stranger
While the new tunes (at that time)like Althea, Lost Saint, Stranger and others were good. It got real boring to see these almost everynight from '79-80. Although these were some of my first years seeing The Dead I was bored on the third night of a three night run to see these tunes for the second, or in Lost saint's case the third, time! Not that I am complaining...I wish I could go back to those shows now!
Reviewer: sharkmanlpn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2009
Subject: GET IT NOW
Reviewer: morlock eloi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2009
Subject: I was there
partying at my friends mobile home before. standing on folding chairs the whole evening. I know you rider was the best I ever heard. what a cosmic evening. looked for a tape for years. thought I would never hear it again. you still alive Zuk?
Reviewer: Dr.Unclear - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 6, 2009
Subject: Great sounding upfront, FOB
Wow, this is some recording. Fantastic upfront sound and presence. Strong highs and mids.

Why would you want an SBD with this out there?
Reviewer: thebone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2009
Subject: Was JoePa There???
If he wasn't then he missed a 1980 gem (top 5-10 perhaps?). Reviewers below have hit on the 2nd set gems. I will simply add that an explosive Big River, as well as great versions Althea and--dare I say it?--Sailor > Saint, among others, are 1st set highlights. Can't rave enough about the excellent sound quality of the recording!!
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2009
Subject: Great Show
I was there. Even better party at a farmhouse out in the woods afterwards, back when everybody knew everyone else on the road.

Check out the crescendo during the last minute of The Other One, it sounds like they almost are ready to go back into Cryptical, but that is still a few years away. Minus 1 star for no SBD.
Reviewer: FLDeadHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 17, 2009
Subject: Feel the power of Phil
Great show.. Phil drops bombs all over this one. Like everyone is saying He's Gone > Other one, are highlights, but Stranger is really is nice too...
Thanks to all that brought this...
Reviewer: Bzl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 17, 2009
Subject: insane He's Gone > Other One
I caught some of this on the Sirius/XM Dead station last night. One of the more intense post-hiatus versions... totally nuts. Gonna have to download this one.
Reviewer: Delaneyness - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2008
Subject: I'm a happy little kid~!~!
My Dad is a Deadhead, having seen the band live many, MANY times from his first show in '79 to his last in '95. This here is his 2nd Dead show ever, and, man, what a doozy!

I thank anyone who helped record this show, and get it on archive. I thank archive especially for allowing me to relive my Dad's Dead experience as closely as I can!

- delaney
* You might be dead Jerry, but you're spirit lives in us all!
Reviewer: verylazylightning - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2007
Subject: Just Another Gem in The Diadem
Luvverly stuff. He's Gone is so often a snoozer
for me, but this one sparkles and glints, moving
along at a far brisker pace than normal with
atypical bright tones.
Phil uses an unusually gruff, fat tone throughout
and Bob revels in his fine voicings (note how he repeats several lines over and over again in Rider, obviously pleased at his rendering)
Reviewer: DeadCollectorCT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2007
Subject: My 2nd Show
A bit nostalgic about this one. I was a sophomore at Penn State and the school year was winding down. Finals were upon us and the Dead provided the perfect break. The crowd was definitely into it and it sure seemed like the band was too.

It was a solid show overall. The China/Rider is great albeit relatively short. Loved Peggy-O too.

KUDOS to the taper! It is an outstanding quality AUD. Rec Hall was an old college gym even then, 27+ years ago, but the sound on this recording is terrific.

- Ron from Desolation Row -
Reviewer: Wally Gator - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2007
Subject: The crowd played the band,...
It sounded like the band wanted to drift from He's Gone into the Drums but the crowd kept them going. The band stuck 'round for anOther one before the drums. This was a great week thru to and including Nassau.
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 7, 2006
Subject: one of most underrated of 1980?
the quality of this AUD is awesome and the front end of the second set is totally fantastic!! stranger > he's gone > other one is an ass whoopin 35 minute block of the new and old. snap this one up now!
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 2, 2004
Subject: Tight first set and very listenable set II
Good first set pretty typical of the arista years pretty tight but not as good as the shows a week or so later at nassau or hartford but good quality audience and sounded fun..... Good he's gone>other one overall '80 was not a year of superlatives however this does rate...
Reviewer: Seperation of Dead and State - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 11, 2004
Subject: Buttery Aud
This source rocks...barbella is a god!!
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